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053: Daily Program as Saviour

Essential Cruise Tips

Release Date: 10/25/2014

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Daily program as saviour


Always take your daily program out with you when you leave the ship to explore a port, even on a cruise line excursion. It could prove to be a saviour should you get lost, left behind, injured or mugged.

The daily program has the contact details of the cruise line’s agent in the port. It will give their address and phone numbers. Some programs also include the ship’ emergency contact details and the address of where the ship is docked if you need to catch a taxi or get a lift back.

I have seen the daily program come to the rescue of a number of passengers across the years, especially in ports where the guests did not speak the local language. For example in Palma De Mallorca a mother and her young son were left behind when a guide miscounted the numbers of our tour bus and could have been left behind when the ship departed as it was towards the end of the day. She had the program with her and called the agents and explained what had happened. Transport was despatched and the ship waited for them to arrive back before departing.